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Passerina ericoides

Passerina ericoides growing near Cape Town
Common names: Christmas berry (Eng.); dronkbessie (Afr.)
Family: Thymelaeaceae

It is a most exhilarating experience seeing Passerina ericoides growing on cliff faces at Cape Point and overlooking the vast Atlantic Ocean, with branchlets...

18 / 10 / 2004 | Christien Bredenkamp | Pretoria NBG
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Pavetta gardeniifolia

Flowers of Pavetta gardeniifolia
Common names: Christmas bride's bush, Christmas bush, kersbruidsbos (Afr.)
Family: Rubiaceae

Masses of attractive creamy-white nectar-rich flowers hang from branches of glossy dark green foliage and their sweet fragrance fills the air at Christmas...

25 / 11 / 2002 | Pitta Joffe | Pretoria NBG
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Protea roupelliae subsp. hamiltonii

Protea roupelliae subsp. hamiltonii
Common names: dwarf silver sugarbush (Eng.); ranksilwersuikerbos (Afr.)
Family: Proteaceae

A dwarf, procumbent shrub, ideal for a rockery or grassland gardens; it produces many low branches, with the stem spreading horizontally, and magnificent...

07 / 08 / 2017 | Mashudu Nndanduleni | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Pavetta lanceolata

Flowers
Common names: weeping bride's bush, forest bride's bush, bridal bush, Christmas bush ( Eng.); treurbruidsbos, bruidsbos (Afr.); umhleza, ilitoba, umgonogono, umphon
Family: Rubiaceae

In full flower, Pavetta lanceolata looks like a bride adorned in pure white, full of expectation and hope for a long and happy life, hence the...

20 / 11 / 2006 | Paul Herman | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Pavetta revoluta

P. revoluta Image Geoff Nichols
Common names: dune bride's bush ( Eng. ); duinebruidsbos (Afr.); umCilikishe (Xhosa); umHlabambaza (Zulu)
Family: Rubiaceae

This white-flowered shrub or a small tree is a joy to have in the garden; it also attracts wild life to the garden....

31 / 12 / 2007 | Giles Mbambezeli | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Pavetta schumanniana

Pvetta schumanniana:Image Geoff Nichols
Common names: poison bride's bush (Eng.); gifbruidsbos (Afr.); Sawoti (siSwati); Tshituku ( Venda ); isiMbuzana (isiZulu)
Family: Rubiaceae

What? A poisonous (or poisoned) bride? Surely that is the starting-point of a third-rate horror movie, or a children's fairy tale! No, in fact the...

12 / 02 / 2007 | Hugh Glen | KwaZulu-Natal NBG
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Pavetta

Common names: bride's bush, Christmas bush ( Eng. ); bruidsboom, bruidsbos, kers(mis)bos (Afr.)
Family: Rubiaceae

When in full flower, these trees or shrubs truly remind one of a beautiful, radiant bride stunningly dressed in a specially designed white garment! As...

24 / 12 / 2007 | Paul Herman | Pretoria NBG
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Pavetta cooperi

Pavetta cooperi in bloom
Common names: Christmas bush, pompon bride's bush (Eng.); pomponbruidsbos, kers(mis)bos (Afr.); luphehlwane (Siswati); is-Anywana (Zulu).
Family: Rubiaceae

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11 / 01 / 2010 | Cherise Viljoen | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Pearsonia sessilifolia

Pearsonia sessilifolia
Common names: silwerertjietee, vaalertjietee (Afr.)
Family: Fabaceae

The sulphur-yellow flowers of Pearsonia sessilifolia, once pollinated, turn bright organge, signalling to their pollinators to reserve their resources...

29 / 12 / 2008 | Alicia Grobler | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Pelargonium abrotanifolium

Flowers
Common names: southernwood-leaf pelargonium (Eng.); klipmalvabossie, maagbossie, wildemalva (Afr.)
Family: Geraniaceae

This small flowering shrublet with aromatic foliage provides beauty and colour all year round to any arid garden and rockery....

25 / 02 / 2008 | Trevor Adams | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Pelargonium acetosum

Pelargonium acetosum
Common names: sorrel-leaved pelargonium
Family: Geraniaceae

Pelargonium acetosum, with its beautiful shades of salmon-coloured flowers, provides an attractive display in the garden all year round....

10 / 04 / 2006 | Trevor Adams | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Pelargonium hirtum

Pelargonium hirtum
Common names: hairy pelargonium, fine-leaved pelargonium
Family: Geraniaceae

This is a hardy, waterwise pelargonium ideal for sandy and rocky gardens. It is also well-suited to pots....

04 / 09 / 2017 | Roger Oliver | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Pelargonium acraeum

Illustration of P. acraeum by M.E. Connell
Common names: horseshoe pelargonium
Family: Geraniaceae

This pelargonium provides year-round colour to your garden.Illustration by M.E. ConnellFlowering Plants of South Africa vol. 20, plate no. 779...

02 / 04 / 2012 | Trevor Adams | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Pelargonium betulinum

Pelargonium betulinum
Common names: camphor-scented pelargonium, birch-leaved pelargonium (Eng.); kanferblaar, maagpynbossie, suurbos (Afr.)
Family: Geraniaceae

Pelargonium betulinum is dazzling in full flower, deserving of a place in any garden....

08 / 10 / 2001 | Ebrahim Lawrence | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Pelargonium capitatum

Flowers
Common names: rose-scented pelargonium, coast pelargonium ( Eng. ); kusmalva (Afr.)
Family: Geraniaceae

This pelargonium is cultivated for its rose scented oil....

28 / 11 / 2005 | Trevor Adams | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Pelargonium citronellum

Leaves
Common names: citronella pelargonium, lemon-scented pelargonium ( Eng. ); malva (Afr.)
Family: Geraniaceae

Pelargonium citronellum has decorative leaves that have a strong, clean, lemon fragrance....

26 / 03 / 2007 | Luyanda Mjuleni | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Pelargonium crassicaule

Pelargonium crassicaule flowers
Common names: none
Family: Geraniaceae

Pelargonium crassicaule is a succulent plant with dainty, fragile, faintly sweet-scented flowers varying considerably in colour, and has great potential...

08 / 06 / 2009 | Stoffel Petrus Pieter Bester | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Pelargonium crispum

Pelargonium crispum
Common names: lemon-scented pelargonium, crisped-leaf pelargonium
Family: Geraniaceae

Pelargonium crispum is ideal for any garden as it produces pretty pink flowers for most of the year....

06 / 06 / 2011 | Olivia Tyambetyu | Millennium Seed Bank Partnership
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Pelargonium crithmifolium

Pelargonium crithmifolium
Common names: samphire-leaved pelargonium (Eng.); jakopregopbossie, dikstam-malva, gnom, kana (Afr.)
Family: Geraniaceae

This plant is the granddaddy of all pelargoniums, as it is one of the bulkiest plants in the Pelargonium group. In cultivation at the Karoo Desert...

02 / 08 / 2004 | Ian Oliver | Karoo Desert NBG
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Pelargonium denticulatum

Common names: toothed-leaved pelargonium, pine-scented geranium, fernleaf geranium
Family: Geraniaceae

Pelargonium denticulatum with its attractive, strongly scented leaves and pinkish purple flowers is an interesting addition to the mixed herbaceous border,...

26 / 04 / 2010 | Trevor Adams | Kirstenbosch NBG
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